Hilton, InterContinental, Kempinski, Radisson Blu and Starwood Properties (including Le Meridien, and The Westin Dragonara Resort) all have a presence on the islands. Other operators and marketing consortia include Corinthia Group with three properties, Campbell Gray Hotels which includes Hotel Phoenicia Malta in Floriana, Preferred Hotels which includes the Grand Hotel Excelsior and the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux with its boutique property in the Northern Part of the Island. AX Hotel Operations Ltd., a local company, also operates The Palace in Sliema and other properties on the Island. A number of locally owned resorts and hotels can be found scattered in the areas of Sliema, St. Julian’s and the Northern part of Malta. Price (or image) conscious organisers will find a wide selection of good four-star options including the Dolmen Resort hotel, db San Antonio Hotel and the be.hotel which are three of the forty Four star properties on the Island of Malta.
Most of the conference hotels are located in St Julian’s within walking distance of each other. St Julian’s is a coastal town overflowing with entertainment and nightlife. A few hotels are situated in the beautiful capital Valletta, a UNESCO world heritage site and the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Other properties are situated in the Northern part of Malta including Qawra, Bugibba, and Mellieha. Given the small size of the Islands, all hotels are in close proximity to the sea, with the majority having some stunning sea views.
If you are interested in sustainable forms of accommodation for your delegates, a number of hotels and farmhouses on the Islands are Eco-certified by the Malta Tourism Authority.
Around 15% of Malta’s hotels have been accredited with the EU Eco label, an internationally recognised standard awarded as part of the Malta Tourism Authority’s Eco Certification Scheme. The MTA audits hotels for their management and approach to protecting the environment.
The scheme is directed at reducing cost, increasing profitability and reducing the impact on the environment. The ECO certification is the national scheme for ensuring the environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural sustainability of hotels on the Maltese Islands and has been recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as fully reflecting the GSTC criteria.
The scheme was launched in 2002 addressing Sustainability management systems; Waste management; Purchasing; Control of chemicals; Energy; Water; Air quality; Noise; Building and green areas; Local culture & national surroundings; and Communication with customers.
For more details on the Eco-certification scheme click www.visitmalta.com/en/eco-certification.